Hello there! If you’d like me to speak at an event, I’ve prepared this page of possible presentations.
Perhaps you’d like to see/hear me presenting? I have two samples online:
For keynote presentations, I offer the following:
- Preparing Tomorrow’s Innovators – 21st century technologies have opened up new paths for success, and gifted students’ curiosity and intense interests make them uniquely suited to blaze these new trails. At the same time, gifted characteristics such as perfectionism and impostor syndrome can hold them back. We will discuss how parents and teachers can support students, empowering them to become tomorrow’s innovators.
- Cultivating Curious Kids – A fun dive into curiosity including what causes curiosity, how it affects the brain, why it’s so powerful for learning, and how we can increase curiosity in classrooms.
- More Than Just Smart Kids: Social Emotional Needs – A look beyond the academic needs of gifted students.
For hour-long breakout sessions, I have the following:
- A Dozen Mind-Boggling Mathematical Curiosities – Does math seem like it’s all about memorization and procedure? Has math been robbed of its beauty and wonder? In this session, we’ll go through a dozen puzzling mathematical curiosities sure to tantalize your gifted students. Each is simple enough for even young students to understand, but many have remained unsolved for hundreds of years – puzzling even professional mathematicians!
- Asking Better Questions – Asking questions is a basic tool for teachers, yet how much training have you received? What type of questions do teachers ask? How often? How quickly? And to whom? We’ll dive into some fascinating stats on questioning in classrooms and then look at simple ways to get better at asking questions that push students’ thinking.
- Powering Lessons with Curiosity and Intuition – Gifted students have natural inquisitiveness, curiosity, and intuition. Rather than battle against these traits, let’s harnesses them to power the learning in your classroom. We’ll explore models of instruction that build on student curiosity, develop thoughtful questioning, and incorporate powerful prompts.
- Developing Delightful Math Investigations – Learn to find intriguing real-world data and transform it into a motivating and complex math project. Begin with authentic data, find the enticing conflict, add an expert’s perspective, and build on students’ talents to finish with an interesting product.
- Depth and Complexity: Level 2 – Once you’ve learned the names and functions of the eleven prompts of depth and complexity, where do you go next? In this session, we’ll explore how to go beyond the basics by integrating thinking skills, combining prompts, and creating sequences that move students towards higher levels of thinking. (Participants should have some experience using the Depth and Complexity prompts).
- Creativity Beyond The Fluff – “Create” is at the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy, but it’s easy to equate creativity with fluffy activities that don’t really challenge students. In this session, we’ll climb Bloom’s, add in depth and complexity, and develop an intellectually demanding (but creative) task perfect for science, social studies, or language arts.
- Small Ways to Improve Students’ Writing – Want to see tangible improvements in student writing? In this session you’ll walk away with practical (and practicable!) ways to quickly upgrade your class’ writing ability. We’ll look at adding variety to sentences, reworking others’ writing, and fancier figurative language.
- Best of Byrdseed – Walk away with several intriguing, open-ended activities to promote discussion and creative thinking. Some are perfect morning warmups, some kick off the year, and some are ongoing tools for deeper thinking. Each emphasizes creative, high level thinking, collaboration within groups, and communication to explain thinking.
- Writing and Analyzing High Quality Narratives – Teach your students to think about stories as sophisticated authors do. Analyze themes, character archetypes, narrative structure, and literary techniques. Then, students build on these classic ideas to create well-crafted stories.
For a full, six-hour day, I offer:
- Differentiating With Complexity – Gifted students thrive on complex, open-ended tasks but are often confronted with just “more work.” We will learn more about how gifted kids think, and then explore how to ramp up complexity through easy-to-run, but delightfully complex activities and models of instruction that work across all content areas. Walk away with tools that you can quickly implement in your classroom to better differentiate for all students.
- Curiouser and Curiouser: Digging Into Curiosity A day devoted to curiosity! What is curiosity? How do we develop it in students? How can we create curiosity about topics that don’t seem that interesting? A fun exploration of this key component of learning.